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More dirt on NYRA?

The former internal watchdog of the New York Racing Association is repeating allegations that the corporation's board of directors is sitting on a 36-page report that will shed light on the ongoing takeout scandal.

In court fillings submitted on Thursday by NYRA's former integrity counsel, the law firm Getnick & Getnick, the corporation is accused of sitting on a report from June 2011 that details two unfinished integrity investigations. Those investigations include details about NYRA's failure to fix an incorrect takeout percentage on winning exotic bets over a 15-month period, according to information Getnick & Getnick provided the state Racing and Wagering Board.

The report was filed three months after Getnick & Getnick was let go by NYRA, ending the firm's tenure as integrity counsel before its five-year contract was completed. The two sides are engaged in a court battle over payments for the remainder of the contract.

NYRA has refused to comment on this report, which was first referenced in the state racing board's interim report on the takeout scandal from last month.

Getnick & Getnick has said it would hand over the entire report, but NYRA's claim of attorney-client privilege prevents it from doing so. Additionally, the firm added that it has been told this privilege keeps itfrom providing "any other information" to the state racing board.

"[Getnick & Getnick] wishes to cooperate with the state's investigation but has been blocked by NYRA," read the court papers.

State racing officials and legislators have called on NYRA to waive this privilege and release the thousands of documents the state racing board has requested.

A full article on this subject will be in The Sunday Gazette.

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The court filings from Thursday referring to the June report and laying out Getnick & Getnick's case for back pay is available here:

May 24 Getnick Allegations

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